Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Ohio" -- 40th anniversary of the Kent State shootings

"Ohio" is a protest song written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970 and performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The record was mastered with the participation of the four principals, rush-released by Atlantic and heard on the radio with only a few weeks delay. In his liner notes for the song on the Decade retrospective, Young reported that "David Crosby cried when we finished this take." Crosby can be heard keening "Four, why? Why did they die?" and "How many more?" in the fade. Listen to it in the Conservatory Library on CD-33796 or listen to in on www.lala.com.

For further information on the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings, take a look at The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search for Historical Accuracy by KSU professors Jerry M. Lewis and Thomas R. Hensley.

Professor Lewis was also interviewed on NPR . Listen